Category Archives: Lydia Pettijohn Huggins

Getting There – Fort Snelling to Lac Qui Parle

All of the women whose stories are part of Dakota Soul Sisters shared many challenging experiences, not the least of which was the trip from the bustling social and military hubbub of Fort Snelling in present day Mendota, Minnesota, to … Continue reading

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Sophia’s Story – The Captivity of Sophia Josephine Marsh Huggins

Sophia Huggins, always called Josephine by her friends and family, doesn’t really qualify as a woman of the Dakota mission but in terms of her experiences and close relationship to the women of “Soul Sisters,” her story definitely belongs here. … Continue reading

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Lydia Huggins Pettijohn Part III

You can find Part I of Lydia’s story at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/07/11/learning-about-lydia/. Part II is at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/08/15/learning-about-lydia-the-life-of-lydia-pettijohn-huggins-part-ii/ Lydia and Alexander Huggins’ family home in Traverse des Sioux, Minnesota, was over 100 miles from the Lower Sioux Agency near present-day Morton, Minnesota. Still, … Continue reading

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Learning About Lydia – The Life of Lydia Pettijohn Huggins – Part II

You can read Part I of Lydia’s story at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/07/11/learning-about-lydia/ Part III is found at https://dakotasoulsisters.com/2012/09/13/lydia-huggins-pettijohn-part-iii/ On January 5, 1847, Alexander Huggins made the first entry in his journal from Traverse des Sioux. Lydia and he were working with Robert and … Continue reading

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Who Wrote This Letter?

One of the letters in the digitized Huggins collection at the Minnesota Historical Society is dated Monday, September 16, 1839. It was written from Lac Qui Parle to “Dear Brother and Sister.” There is no envelope with the letter and … Continue reading

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Learning About Lydia – The Life of Lydia Pettijohn Huggins – Part I

Lydia Huggins Pettijohn was 22 years old when she arrived at Fort Snelling in Mendota, Minnesota, in May 1835. Her husband Alexander was 33 and they had two children, Amos Williamson Huggins, who was two years old and Jane Sloan Huggins, … Continue reading

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